Smith Hopes Scales Of Justice can Tip in his Favour for Railway Stakes
About the only justification we can determine for Scales of Justice occupying the role of favourite for Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600 m) at Ascot is the fact that he won last year.
It was his first and only Group 1 win and his recent results running in the east have us scratching our heads over why he is ahead of Black Heart Bart in the betting.
True, Bart has not exactly been starting any bush fires of late, having last won a Group 1 in February of 2017 when he came home ahead of Tosen Stardom and Ecuador. It would seem as though Bart’s major shortcoming in the eyes of punters has been a willingness to run in the same field as Winx.
For the Railway Stakes, Bart has drawn the eighth barrier, while Scales of Justice will jump from 13, albeit with a 1.5 kg advantage on Bart.
Also true, it is early, so far as the betting markets are concerned and the difference is quotes is only 50 cents, with Scales of Justice at $6.00 and Bart at $6.50, according to Ladbrokes.
Scales Of Justice trainer Lindsey Smith has been playing catch up with the horse since a spring trip to Melbourne did not pan out. The results were not all that bad, so far as the running went, but the horse hurt his leg during the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.
Smith has face numerous challenges getting his horse back to top form.
He told Sky Racing, “Since the race down the straight at Flemington it’s been like I’ve been in quicksand. When he got the infection in his leg after the Rupert Clarke he lost some muscle tone across his rump,” he said.
Smith admitted that his expectations going into the race were more of hope than of confidence.
Smith is apparently a good host, telling everyone that, “Black Heart Bart’s staying at my place. We stayed with him in Victoria and I think he looks better now – I’d have thought he’d be close to favourite.”